Garissa County Primary Health Care pilot project launched in April this year jointly by the county government and the state department of health has yielded positive results according to health experts.
Health officials’ delegation from Unicef led by associate director Luwei Pearson said the project improved primary health care services to patients at various levels of health care networks.
Garissa County Health CEC Roble Nunow said co-ordination, linkage and referrals between all levels of health care had improved and enhanced integration of services.
Garissa County was selected to pilot the model project, which is part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s big four agenda-that can be adopted and scaled up in other parts of the country.
“Now we have success stories to share with Kenyans on the progress gained so far in the project that improved service delivery at household level,” Nunow said
“The project has improved access to and quality of primary health care services. This way, we have scaled up universal health care,” he added
He said the County Government invested in human resource training, employment of Community health extension workers and provision of drugs and supplies.
“We targeted Garissa referral hospital, Iftin sub county hospital, Medina and Sankuri health centers in the first phase. We will now be roll-out the program to other sub counties,” the CEC said
He noted that the project facilitated resource sharing among the hubs and advanced referral centres reducing congestion, improving better service delivery and access to quality primary health care services.